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Local Briefs

Meditation class to be held at dojo

A public workshop on meditation for adults and teens will be held from 10 a.m to noon Sept. 7 at Maui Ki-Aikido’s dojo, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. The class will be taught by Christopher Curtis, 8th dan head instructor of Maui Ki-Aikido and chief instructor of the Hawaii Ki Federation.

The suggested donation is $10. No reservations are needed, but participants are requested to arrive by 9:45 to sign in. Wear comfortable loose clothing and slippers. For more information, contact mauikiaikido@gmail.com, 244-5165 or visit www.mauiaikido.com.

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Learn to Swim class to start in Lahaina

Maui County’s Department of Parks and Recreation will hold registration for the Learn to Swim program for ages 5 and older at the Lahaina Aquatic Center.

Registration will be held at 3 p.m. from Monday through Wednesday.

Classes are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents or adult guardians must register in person with the child. A swim test may be held to determine a child’s level of participation.

Classes begin on Sept. 9 and end Nov. 1.

Level 1 classes are on Mondays, Level 2 classes on Wednesdays and Level 3 classes on Fridays. All classes run from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Frances Yamamoto, recreation technician, at Frances.Yamamoto@co.maui.hi.us or 270-6138.

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Mandatory meeting set at Maui High

Maui High School will have a mandatory meeting for both senior students and parents and guardians to prepare for the Class of 2020 commencement.

Attendance is required at one of two meetings. The first will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the school gym at the Shine Matsui Athletic Complex. The second will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 in the same location.

Cap-and-gown order packets, permission forms, and forms including expectations and understanding for participating in commencement exercises will be discussed and distributed. Senior class business is also on the agenda.

Students who wish to participate in commencement must attend the meeting and meet the expectations detailed in the information packet.

For more information, contact Ti’a Joaquin at 727-4000 or send email to tia.joaquin@mauihigh.org.

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Hospitals’ CEO to address group

Maui Health System CEO Michael Rembis will be guest speaker at the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club at noon Wednesday at Mulligan’s on the Blue. Maui Health System is the Kaiser Permanente company that operates Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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BHS Class of ’99 plans reunion

The 20th reunion of the Baldwin High School Class of 1999 will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Tokyo Lounge, 315 Hookahi St. in Wailuku. There will be a no-host bar and pupu. The cost is $40 per person. Guests are welcome to this 21 and older event.

Reservations and payment are due by Sept. 7. To RSVP, email Shanna Souza at shannasouza0124@hotmail.com.

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Rapid ‘ohi’a death to be topic of talk

The Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a free public information session about rapid ‘ohi’a death from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Kihei.

‘Ohi’a is a culturally and ecologically significant Hawaiian tree, and ROD is a major threat for these trees. ROD was recently spotted on Maui for the first time.

Ambyr Mokiao-Lee, rapid ‘ohi’a death statewide outreach coordinator based at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will speak on the history and importance of ‘ohi’a and the current efforts to protect ‘ohi’a.

The session will include information about the signs and symptoms of ROD and how it is spread, as well as ways to protect ‘ohi’a.

To RSVP, contact friendsofkealiapond@gmail.com.

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Training focuses on environment

Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness will host a training on Maui’s natural environment to inform tour guides, informal and formal educators, and the general public from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kamehameha Schools Maui campus.

The training will focus on watersheds, native plants and animals, and invasive species.

Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness aims to connect conservation professionals with tourism professionals to create a beneficial relationship in nature-based tourism as both can benefit from increasing the quality of interpretation and the level of awareness of Hawaii’s unique natural resources.

To RSVP, sign up at mauimauka.org/trainings.

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Fair baby contest entrants are sought

The Baby of the Year Contest will take place Oct. 5 at the 97th Maui Fair. Contestants born on or between Oct. 6, 2017, and Oct. 6, 2018, will be eligible to participate; there is no admission fee. The entry deadline is Sept. 23 or the first 97 contestants.

Parents can register at www.mauifair.com/attractions/baby-of-the-year.

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Archeology program open for applications

With the support and funding of Makena Golf & Beach Club, ‘Aina Archaeology has launched a one-month vocational field school program on the developer’s lands in Makena.

Named after the fern, the Ho’opai Archaeology apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn archaeology through a Hawaiian lens and be equipped with the skills to protect, preserve and document Hawaii’s historic sites.

“Our team is passionate about celebrating the natural character of Makena and honoring the cultural heritage of this unique environment,” said Ka’imi Judd, Makena Golf & Beach Club’s vice president of development. “This program is a perfect opportunity to support the deep connection of land and people at Makena, and to benefit the historic preservation field by growing the next generation of leaders for years to come.”

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 16, and the program begins on Oct. 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Similar to a trade school, no previous experience is required and there are no age limitations or enrollment fees. To download an application and learn more about the program, visit www.hoopaiarch.com.